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Smart-Metering (AMI) Designs in Public Utilities

Energy, material resources, and increased cost efficiencies are key factors driving new smart-grid (AMI) product design solutions.
Our client needed to create an entire product line to address smart-metering opportunities in the public utilities market. Performance, extensibility, flexibility, durability, and cost-effectiveness of the overall design and end-products were key requirements.

The planning stage started with collaborative product road-mapping to define the existing and expected future needs of the product line based on existing products. Specific product plans with key feature listings by product were produced and a flexible development platform was designed to meet future requirements.

Outcomes from the design process included a core product platform that enabled the rapid creation of seven new products that could be spun-out quickly. The core platform provided cost savings in engineering dollars and schedule. This made fast product releases for engineering and also met time-to-market business requirements.

Services Provided

  • Product Road-Mapping
  • Requirements review
  • System Design
  • Custom RF Front End Design
  • FPGA Design and Development
  • FPGA Test Bench Creation
  • Detailed Schematic Design
  • Firmware and Software Development
  • PCB Development (Main PCB and Custom RF Mezzanine Card)
  • PCB Prototyping and Bring-Up
  • System Level Testing
  • Validation and Verification at the Board and System Level
  • Transition to Production Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Test Design and Development (at Contract Manufacturer)


  • Software Defined Radio implementation
  • Custom RF design and Testing
  • Custom analog and digital hardware development
  • Xilinx FPGA Development
  • Signal Processing, Waveform Development
  • PCB Layout
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Test
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